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Did You Ever Hear About the Time Bruce Springsteen Covered Van Halen?

We love occasionally jumping headfirst down the YouTube rabbit hole to find music videos that we either haven't seen in years or never knew existed in the first place.  Just roll the dice and let the algorithms guide us where they may.  Our latest trip brought us to what is one of our best discoveries in ages:  The 2014 concert where Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band covered Van Halen's classic song, "Jump."

Let's be clear, no one will ever top the original version, and that's not up for debate.  However, this cover is fantastic  It's pure joy for about six minutes and 30 seconds.  Springsteen and company look like they're having a blast changing genres.  The Boss has no business trying to hit the high notes here, and he knows it, but that just adds to the cheerful energy of the moment.  We also have to give a shout-out to Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello for terrific guitar work that honors the late great Eddie Van Halen, while it also enables Morello to put his own mark on the song.

This is a clip to be bookmarked for the days where you need a distraction from the craziness in the world and just want to smile for a little while.  (Also known as "every day of 2020.")  It doesn't matter if you're a fan of Springsteen, Van Halen, both, or neither, this is a good time.


Bruce Springsteen Eddie Van Halen October 23 2020Two great musicians.  (pic via




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